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CSCOPE....School curriculum run amok? Or just a parent/teacher over reaction?

The first link IS theBlaze....please dont let your brain explode, just check it out. LOL  

To note just how off-color some of the CSCOPE curriculum is, consider that the Texas CSCOPE Review, an independent watchdog group, uncovered an out-of-date, optional CSCOPE lesson-plan on terrorism — “World History Unit 12 Lesson 07″ — which allegedly likens the Boston Tea Party to “an act of terrorism.”

But while the groups to which CSCOPE appears relatively beholden may sound alarms for critics, the actual researchers CSCOPE credits with providing the basis for its curriculum seem to be formidable industry veterans by and large. Those educators include Robert Marzano, Fenwick English, John Crain, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Grant Wiggins, Jay McTighe, H. Lynn Erickson, and James Barufaldi.

TheBlaze also reported that teachers were “asked to sign a contract that would prevent them from revealing what was in the CSCOPE lessons or face civil and criminal penalties.”


This second link seems to be teacher reviews and that seem to HAAAATE it!

What do you think? It seems at one point this was looking to be implemented nation wide, but the CSCOPE people said no....for now. This sounds like everything WRONG with the current system to me!

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Asked by momof030404 at 4:02 PM on Mar. 8, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I think it's incredibly suspicious that parents can't review curriculum.  Also the fact that teachers have to deliver lesson plans exactly as written with very little ability to adjust teaching to meet individual needs of the kids.


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 4:40 PM on Mar. 8, 2013

  • from the CSCOPE website: Recently, questions have been raised regarding an out-of-date, optional CSCOPE lesson, “World History Unit 12 Lesson 07 (with a footnote dated 08/01/10).” Reports have been circulated that this lesson promotes the idea that the Boston Tea Party “was an act of terrorism.” Despite the fact that this lesson is not part of the current CSCOPE system and was an optional lesson associated with the previous Social Studies TEKS, we would like to provide additional clarification on the background and intent of this particular lesson activity.


    Answer by okmanders at 4:57 PM on Mar. 8, 2013

  • I am studying to be a teacher and the things I have seen and I am learning, just make me want to throw my hands up and say forget it. The BIGGEST PROBLEM TEACHERS have in the USA is that they have some Bureaucrat telling us what we can and can not teach.  It is ridiculous.


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:12 PM on Mar. 9, 2013

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